The 10 Most Anticipated Novels of Summer

Editor on May 25, 2018
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Summer-Reading-cropped.jpgEveryone loves a little summer romance, but this summer is shaping up to be even more of a thrill. In between beautiful beach days, big blockbusters, and bombastic fireworks displays, readers are looking forward to immersing themselves in worlds of international espionage, gritty detective work, and otherworldly space adventures more than any other reading genres.

Here are the top 10 most anticipated novels of the summer (as defined by preorders across all formats):

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The President Is Missing - Yes, that James Patterson. Yes, that Bill Clinton. The best-selling author and the former president have joined forces for a political thriller that pairs Patterson’s acclaimed plot-spinning abilities with Clinton’s first-hand knowledge as America’s 42nd president. This is the first time a U.S. president has teamed up with a best-selling novelist on a work of fiction, and eager readers are already voting to check it out. Mark June 4 on your calendars for this one.

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The Gray Ghost - Legendary adventure novelist Clive Cussler returns with his tenth book about professional treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo, whose latest case involves a stolen classic car. But not just any car: The groundbreaking Rolls-Royce prototype known as the “Gray Ghost” vanished in 1906, and now the grandson of the man who was blamed for the theft wants the couple to clear his ancestor’s name. But then the car vanishes again, and with it, a life-changing rare object. And the desperate men who want it back will stop at nothing to steer events their way. Cussler’s latest releases May 29.

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Shadow Keeper - Giovanni Ferraro’s family is no ordinary Chicago brood. They’re Shadow Riders, with the power to manipulate light and dark, travel in the shadows, and dole out justice that’s been otherwise denied. In the third book in Christine Feehan’s emotionally rich series, playboy Giovanni meets up with Sasha Provis, who’s discovering that her job in an urban nightclub is a dangerous world away from her upbringing on a Wyoming ranch. Sometimes, what happens in the shadows turns out to shine brighter than the light of day. Shadow Keeper is out May 29.

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Shelter in Place - The phrase “shelter in place” has become poignant American shorthand for the call to stay put in an active-shooter situation. In Nora Roberts’s new book, a shopping mall attack has devastated a Maine community — eight minutes of terror that change lives forever. But as those affected try to heal, it turns out that a mysterious conspirator isn’t satisfied with the death toll, and that now there may be no safe place left to find shelter. Find out what happens May 29.

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A Merciful Silence - Raised as a survivalist prepper, FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick possesses hard-won knowledge no professor at the academy could have taught her. Now a rainstorm has uncovered a mass murder that mimics the decades-old killings of two families. But that killer is behind bars, and the lone survivor seems to be keeping a secret. In Kendra Elliot’s fourth book in the series, Mercy will need every one of those survivalist instincts to defend her Oregon town from the people the law can’t reach. Get to the bottom of this case June 19.

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A Steep Price - Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite is back and her personal life is as complicated as her latest case. Tracy’s keeping her pregnancy a secret, a new detective has just arrived to replace her, and her colleague’s career is on the line after the murder of a community activist. Meanwhile, a young woman who had balked at an arranged marriage is found dead at the bottom of a well, and it’s up to Tracy to bring the guilty to justice. A Steep Price is out June 26.

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The Other Woman - Daniel Silva’s latest espionage thriller plunges readers deep into the heart of a Kremlin conspiracy involving a mysterious Frenchwoman, the child taken from her, and a Russian mole who now stands at the doorstep of Western power. Gabriel Allon, Silva’s legendary spy, art restorer, and chief of Israel’s secret intelligence service, has a bloody personal history with the Russians…but this time, the stakes have never been higher. Spy hard on July 17.

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Thrawn: Alliances - "The Force" has been strong with Star Wars devotees lately, with new movies either exploding into theaters or being announced as in the works. To fill the downtime between the May release of Solo: A Star Wars Story and 2019’s Star Wars: Episode IX, there’s Timothy Zahn’s latest book about Grand Admiral Thrawn — a brilliant, blue-skinned imperial leader who’s become a fan favorite. Thrawn: Alliances unspools the cunning strategist’s continued rise to power, including his first encounter with a certain someone who will eventually become known as Darth Vader. "The Force" is with this one on July 24.

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Paradox - One hot July day, Maryland police chief Ty Christie witnesses a murder on the lake in front of her cottage. But when divers find the victim, the water also gives up a disturbing secret — dozens of other bones. Christie joins forces with FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock to discover a chilling connection between the remains and an escaped mental patient obsessed with revenge. Catherine Coulter’s 22nd book in her FBI Thriller series is an eagerly awaited summer read, but it may make you think twice about where you swim. Paradox hits shelves on July 31.

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Magic Triumphs - Mercenary Kate Daniels lives in post-Shift Atlanta, a tangled world where monsters and magic have returned with a vengeance. Across this bestselling 10-book urban fantasy series, Kate has found love and started a family, but her magic is too strong for the powerful creatures of this paranormal world to let her be. And when a mysterious box shows up at her doorstep, Kate recognizes it as a threat of war, and has no choice but to join forces with a most unlikely ally. Find out who on August 28.

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, a journalist and pop-culture junkie, is co-author of Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?: The Lost Toys, Tastes and Trends of the '70s and '80s, as well as The Totally Sweet '90s. This article originally appeared on Amazon Charts on May 24, 2018.


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